Kappa Delta’s Shenanigans breaks proceeds record

Mackenzie Mathews

Van Meter Hall was standing room only for Kappa Delta sorority’s 23rd annual philanthropy event, Shenanigans.

This year’s theme for the dance competition was “Battle of the Greek Gods” and amongst the eight competing performances, Chi Omega sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity came out on top.

Last year, the event raised $6,000. The goal this year was $7,000.

Louisville junior Natalie Koppel, vice president of KD’s Community Service, said the goal was more than reached with $8,546, the most raised in Shenanigans’ history.

The sororities and fraternities competing had the rest of their members supporting them from the audience. Each sorority was prepared with a cheer as their sisters took to the stage.

Eighty percent of the proceeds will go to KD’s philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America, and 20 percent toward Bowling Green’s Family Enrichment Center. The evening began with a brief presentation of statistics on child abuse.

Koppel said Greek organizations often aren’t recognized for their charity efforts.

“I think philanthropy is one of the most important parts of Greek life…but it often goes unnoticed,” she said.

She said it was essential that the audience understood there is prevention to child abuse, and bringing the Greek community together is a great way to support the cause.

And each was more than willing to share their time and enthusiasm. Some groups had started preparing their performances more than a month ago, practicing multiple days a week.

Glasgow junior Katelyn Baker, of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, said practicing was one of her favorite aspects of Shenanigans. She said it was valuable time spent with her sisters and fellow Greek participants.

“Our great community came together to raise money for charity,” Baker said.

Nashville junior Alicia Brooks, of Omega Phi Alpha sorority, said it was great for all Greek organizations to come together for a good cause.

“A lot of times sororities and fraternities are misconstrued in public life,” Brooks said. “Tonight, they came together to raise money for a great cause.”

Brooks choreographed OPA’s performance, and said it was time to show everyone what OPA is all about because they’re involved in community events, and are becoming more involved in Greek life now. This was their first year participating in Shenanigans.

Second place of the night went to Phi Mu sorority, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and Kappa Alpha fraternity. Third place was awarded to Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Sigma Nu fraternity.

Kappa Delta donated the $200 prize typically awarded to the organization with highest participation to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The fraternity lost a brother last month and left a spot open in all of their dances in honor of their pledge.